I would love to make my own granola, but I've never done this before. I'd appreciate suggestions or recipes. Also, is it possible to use steel cut oats as opposed to the rolled ones? Thanks!
I have failed miserably at all granolas, except this one... it's my grandma's recipe.
8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup peanuts
1 cup sunflower seeds (shelled)
1 cup pecans or walnut pieces
1/2 cup brown sugar
Toss above ingredients together in a large bowl.
Heat the following ingredients in a small saucepan:
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup peanut butter
2 T. vanilla
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
Pour over dry ingredients and coat well. Oil cookie sheets and fill 1-1/2"- 2" deep. Bake at 300 for 20 min. or until golden. Cool in pans and store in an airtight container.
It's so good that my husband didn't even notice that it had his arch nemesis, coconut, in it!!
I would think raisins or other small, hardish dried fruit like cranberries or blueberries would work.
As a side note, a friend of my BF has a hippie-ish daughter who makes huge batches of homemade granola for everyone as a Christmas present. The problem is, it's not very good and no one has the heart to tell her. Last winter we did find someone who liked it, though -- the squirrels in our backyard!
If you're allergic to the peanuts, try subbing almonds and almond butter or cashews and cashew butter, or some combo thereof, for the peanut products. It sould still work fine, though it will taste different (and be more expensive to make.)
The only thing to know about adding dried fruit to granola recipes, is that you're likely gooing to want to save them out until after baking. Otherwise, the fruit may burn or turn very, very hard and chewy, not a desirable result.
i don't like adding dried fruit after baking because the pieces don't incorporate properly and settle to the bottom. the easiest way around the problem is to soak the fruit in boiling water for a few minutes until it's nice & plump, then drain it and toss with the other ingredients before it all goes in the oven.
Ina Garten's cherry almond and cinnamon granola recipe is really great. The recipe is available on the food network site. I always use less oil than is called for, double the cinnamon, and increase the mount of almonds. It is also great with walnuts in place of the almonds, or dried cranberries or raisins in place of the cherries.
actually, if you like granola that stays crunchy after sitting in milk or yogurt for a while, steel-cut oats are a great addition - they get really crunchy/roasted when baked, and offer a nice textural contrast to the rolled oats. just bake the granola at a low temp [about 250] for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
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